Originally Posted by GotGarlic
I'm so sorry it was so bad. I was wondering how people there were doing. The news said that part of the Bahamas is lightly populated, but that's no consolation to the people who do live there. I hope the Red Cross or a similar organization will be able to bring help soon.
For the US news media, it only matters if it's a US disaster. As soon as the hurricane track missed the US, the whole thing disappeared from the media, no matter that at least 4 of the Family Islands of the Bahamas, home to 10,000 to 15,000 people, have been decimated. Not even a report of the Red Cross rushing aid to the area. Just isn't important enough for them to get publicity from.
Sorry if I sound cynical, but we sat through a direct hit from Hurricane Sandy in our house and never a peep about our island on the news, yet New Jersey had the media's complete attention for a week or more.
This storm is so much worse because it was moving so slowly (3-5 mph), the eye hanging right offshore for nearly 48 hours as it intensified from 120 mph winds to over 140. Sandy blew through at a forward speed of 20-25 mph with 120 mph winds and was gone in about 4 hours. Even after Sandy it was more than 2 weeks before the entire island had power again. I can't imagine how much worse this one is.
Just got word a minute ago that two of our friends there lost their house and one car to the storm tides. Normal tidal levels are about 2 feet, the storm tide was over 6 feet, with 8-10 foot waves on top of it.